Yan Solihin, Director

Areas: Secure execution environment, side channels, Non-Volatile-Memory, and computer architecture.

Dr.Yan Solihin is a Charles N. Millican Chair Professor of Computer Science at University of Central Florida and Director of Cybersecurity and Privacy Cluster. He is well known for pioneering cache sharing fairness and Quality of Service (QoS), and inventing efficient counter mode memory encryption, and Bonsai Merkle Tree, which have significantly influenced Intel Cache Allocation Technology and Secure Guard eXtension (SGX). In 2017, he received IEEE Fellow “for contributions to shared cache hierarchies and secure processors”. He is in the HPCA Hall of Fame and ISCA Hall of Fame. He has received MICRO Best Paper Runner Up Award, and several best paper nominations (HPCA, IPDPS, ISPASS). He served as NSF Program Director from 10/2015-1/2018.



David Mohaisen

Associate Director, Graduate Affairs

Areas: Network Security, Software Security, Applied and Adversarial Machine Learning, Malware Analysis, Blockchain Systems.

Dr. Aziz Mohaisen is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining Central Florida, he held various positions in academia and industry. At UCF, he runs the Security and Analytics Lab (SEAL), where his research interests are broadly in the area of computer security and online privacy with applications to DDoS, malware analysis and detection, blockchain systems, adversarial and applied machine learning, and emerging networking technologies. His work is supported by NSF, NRF (through the Global Research Lab initiative), AFRL, and FC2, among others. He is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and a senior member of ACM and IEEE.


Clay Posey

Areas: Behavioral Information Security, Organizational Insiders, Computational Social Science, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

In addition to being a member of the Cyber Security and Privacy Cluster, Dr. Posey is an Associate Professor in the College of Business, Department of Management. Prior to UCF, he was a tenured faculty member and Associate Director of the Cyber Institute at the University of Alabama. His research has been published in MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, Decision Sciences, Computers in Human Behavior, and Computers & Security, among others. He is currently associate editor at Information & Management and an active member of the IFIP Working Group 8.11/11.13 – Information Systems Security Research.


Gary Leavens

Areas: Programming and specification language design and semantics, Formal Methods, Aspect- and object-oriented Languages, Software Security, Information Assurance, Distributed Languages, Type Theory, Programming Methodology, Software Engineering, Computer Science Education.

Dr. Leavens Gary Leavens is a professor and chair of the department of Computer Science at UCF. After joining UCF in August 2007, he became associate chair in 2008, and was appointed chair in 2010. He led a successful faculty cluster proposal in cyber security and privacy. His research is in formal methods.

Previously Dr. Leavens was a professor of Computer Science at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where he started in 1989, after receiving his doctorate from MIT. Before graduate studies at MIT, he worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Denver Colorado as a member of technical staff.


Cliff Zou

Associate Director, Education and Outreach

Areas: computer and networking security, network modeling and performance evaluation

Dr. Cliff Zou received his PhD degree from Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, in 2005, and MS and BS degree from University of Science & Technology of China in 1999 and 1996, respectively. Currently he is an Associate Professor in Department of Computer Science and the Program Coordinator of Digital Forensics Master program in University of Central Florida. His research interests focus on cybersecurity and computer networking. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed research papers, and has obtained more than 5800 Google Scholar Citations. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.


Paul Gazzillo

Areas: Programming languages, software engineering, security, analysis of configurable systems, side-channel attacks, blockchain smart contracts

Dr. Paul Gazzillo is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at University of Central Florida. He received his PhD from NYU and previously worked as a Post-Doc at Yale and a Research Scholar at Stevens Institute. His research aims to make it easier to develop safe and secure software, and it spans programming languages, security, software engineering, and systems. Projects include analysis of configurable systems, side-channel attack detection, and concurrent smart contracts. His work has been published in venues such as PLDI, ESEC/FSE, and PODC and has been recognized with a SIGPLAN Research Highlight.


Yao Li

Areas: privacy, human-computer interaction, social computing, cross-cultural studies.

Dr. Yao Li is an Assistant Professor in the School of Modeling, Simulation and Training (SMST) at University of Central Florida. She received her PhD in Information and Computer Sciences from University of California, Irvine in 2019. Her research lies at the intersection of privacy and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Specifically, she studies the influence of cultural and social factors on users’ privacy management. Her research aims to make privacy designs better to support users’ privacy and security in the use of technologies. Her work has been published in venues such as CSCW, CHI, TOCHI, PoPets and JASIST.


Mary Jean Amon

Areas: Cognitive Systems, Decision-Making, Content Moderation, Cyberpsychology, Human-in-the-Loop Socio-Technological Systems, Privacy, Quantitative and Qualitative Modeling, Social Computing

Dr. Mary Jean Amon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training (SMST) at UCF. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, as well as an M.A. in Psychology in Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Before joining UCF, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington, and then a Research Associate in the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her interdisciplinary research is informed by topics in Cognitive Science, Complexity Science, and Computer Science and centers on user-oriented research aimed toward optimizing decision-making and performance in the context of complex socio-technological systems. She has published in venues such as AIED, Behavioural Processes, CHI, Cognitive Science, CSCW, ICMI, IEEE Security and Privacy, LAK, Theory & Psychology.


Sung Choi Yoo

Areas: Health information technology, hospital data breach

Dr. Sung Choi Yoo is an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida School of Global of Health Management and Informatics. He received a doctorate in health services research, policy and administration at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management exploring the U.S. healthcare system through economics and data. Dr. Choi is currently investigating the impact of health data breaches on hospitals and patients.

Xinwen Fu

Affiliate Member

Areas: Network Security and Privacy, Digital Forensics, Anonymous communication, traffic analysis, hardware security and privacy, smart device security and privacy, network forensics

Dr. Xinwen Fu is a Professor at University of Massachusetts Lowell, and an affiliate member of the cluster.


Amro Awad

Affiliate Member

Areas: Non-volatile memory, virtual memory, hardware security, and workload cloning.

Dr. Amro Awad is an Assistant Professor at Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State University.